About the CCA
The Canadian Celiac Association / L’Association canadienne de la maladie coeliaque is a volunteer-based, federally registered charitable organization with its national office in Mississauga, Ontario. It was founded in 1972 with financial assistance from the Kaufman Foundation. The association was started by two women from Kitchener, Ontario, who, from personal experience with celiac disease, recognized vital needs of people suffering from the disease.
The initial objectives were to provide information on sources of gluten-free food, to foster research and to encourage mutual support among celiacs. Today the association serves people with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis through 28 affiliated chapters and 30 satellite groups across Canada.
The C.C.A. is governed by an elected national board of directors with regional representation across Canada. The Board develops policies and strategies for the association and provides leadership and guidance to chapters. Chapters are charitable organizations each of which is governed by an elected executive committee. The national office is staffed by two full-time and two part-time people.
Professional Advisory Council
The purpose of the Professional Advisory Council (PAC) is to advise and assist the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) in its mandate of promoting the welfare of persons with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis, and to increase awareness among the public, governments, and health care professionals of these disorders.
The Professional Advisory Council also advises the association on the direction of funding for research and encourages support for the Association in furthering its goals.
The PAC is responsible for developing and recommending policies and programs related to the medical, nutritional research, and educational aspects of the Association, and setting appropriate standards. It is accountable to the CCA for all matters in this regard.
Originally from southern Ontario, Anne Wraggett has lived in Victoria, B.C. since 1998. She obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and then returned to university a decade later to become an accountant. After working for a variety of organizations, she is now Director of Finance and co-manager of a long-term care facility. She became active in the Victoria Chapter in 2001, serving as secretary and then president before chairing the organizing committee for the 2008 CCA national conference held in Victoria. On the CCA National Board of Directors since 2012, Anne juggles her volunteer work with the CCA, her full-time job, and a home life with her husband, 2 cats, and a garden.
Leo Turner, CPA, CGA has served on the CCA Board as Treasurer since 2013. He is also a longtime volunteer with the Halton-Peel Chapter in southern Ontario, which he joined after being diagnosed in 2003. Leo obtained his professional accounting designation in 1989 and is currently a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. He retired several years ago after a long career in commercial financing with Bank of Montreal. A native of Montreal, and still a loyal Habs fan, Leo currently resides in Mississauga with his wife Denise. He has three grown children, and one, recently arrived, granddaughter. Golf and travelling are the leisure actives he enjoys most.
Treena lives in Surrey, BC, and joined the CCA board in 2014 and became the Secretary of the board in 2015. She was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2012. She is married with two teenaged children. Both her son and daughter were diagnosed with celiac disease in 2012. She is excited to be part of the CCA board and is passionate about its work. Professionally, Treena works for the United Church of Canada as Personnel Minister. Most of her work focuses in the area of staff supervision, conflict resolution, board/committee development, communication, policy interpretation and leadership development. Treena enjoys this challenging and multifaceted role. In a volunteer capacity, Treena serves on the British Columbia Highland Dance Association board as secretary, and recently completed her term as secretary of the White Spot Pipe Band Executive. In her spare time, Treena supports her children in their chosen activities (Highland Dance, Bagpipes, Guitar/Singing, Soccer), and enjoys playing the piano, reading and travelling.
Mark Johnson lives in Ottawa and has served on the CCA Board of Directors since 2011. Mark leads the CCA’s awareness and education initiatives, and as such is involved with such tasks as writing, editing, internal communication, media relations, member support, advertising, and social media. Mark also volunteers with the CCA’s Ottawa Chapter as marketing director. Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005, he graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2007 with an Honours B.A. in Political Science and from the University of Ottawa in 2014 with an M.A. in Communication. Mark is a federal public servant, is married with a dog, and in his spare time enjoys travelling, learning, reading, and playing board/card games.
Bill Shank lives in Saskatoon. He has recently served as Executive Vice President and as Regional Director for the Midwest. He has been on the Board for four years.He was born and raised in Regina, and was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1976 while living in Burnaby, B.C. and joined the CCA shortly afterward. He served as President of the Saskatoon Chapter in the early 1990s. He got his B.A. and B.D. from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters degree from Boston University. He is a retired minister, married to Carol and has one surviving son, Brian, who also has celiac disease. Bill enjoys gardening and playing hockey in an “old timers” league in Saskatoon.
Kathleen Shoemaker lives in Victoria, B.C. She served as president of the Victoria Chapter and then Regional Director for B.C. before taking on the position of board liaison to the Professional Advisory Board. The Board’s liaison attends PAB meetings, prepares the agenda, takes minutes, and acts as a communication link to the national board of directors. Kathleen graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Anthropology and English and pursued a career as Manager of the Aboriginal Research Division in the Attorney General’s Legal Services Branch, Government of B.C. She is happily retired now and enjoys motorcycle vacations with her husband Terry. Kathleen has a daughter and son and four grandchildren, as well as Terry’s two daughters and a grandchild, all of whom keep life exciting.
Clarence Morris lives in Sanford, a small community just outside of Winnipeg. Through his wife Cathy, who volunteered with the local Chapter and the national board of the CCA, Clarence became involved and volunteered as a facilitator for a Chapter Presidents’ workshop and served with the CCA’s Governance Committee for four years, assisting in drafting both the current bylaws and several association policies. Clarence has non-celiac gluten sensitivity. With a diploma in Electronic Technology, and as a graduate of the Canadian Institute of Management, Clarence worked for MTSAllstream in Engineering, Capital Budgets, Corporate Development, Marketing, and Corporate Strategic Planning. He has volunteered for other non-profits in various positions and has been elected to chairperson for their boards. Clarence and Cathy are currently retired and live in Maricopa, Arizona for the winter – except when they work on a contract basis as Returning Officer for Elections Manitoba.
Dr. Manisha Verma
Manisha is a family doctor at a diverse urban family health team, and is currently residing in Toronto, Ontario. She joined the board in June 2014 and was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. Her interests within the CCA include education (specifically of other health professionals), advocacy, and community awareness. She completed an Honours BSc. at McMaster University in 2006, her MD at the University of Toronto in 2010, and her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Toronto in 2012. She is also an adjunct lecturer with the Department of Family & Community Medicine at U of T, educating medical students and residents in a variety of settings. In her free time she enjoys travelling, music, and discovering great food (gluten free of course)!
Heather Yeo lives in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. She is a retired English teacher who was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005. After volunteering for six years with CCA Manitoba Chapter as the newsletter editor, she is presently volunteering as the Regional Liaison person and Peer Counselling Coordinator for the Chapter. Heather joined the CCA national board in May 2014. Married to Brian, with an adult son and daughter, Heather spends her free time volunteering, travelling, gardening and reading.